Parents should feel that the childcare they choose is right for their child and makes financial sense

2015-Feb-Nursery-Donelan1Great to visit Winsley Acorns Pre-School – a wonderful provider of childcare run as a charity and staffed by passionate, dedicated and highly qualified professionals.

We have a wonderful selection of nurseries in Wiltshire and it is crucial that we improve the quality and availability of childcare so that all children in Wiltshire have access to excellent facilities and level of care.  Parents should feel that the childcare they choose is right for their child and makes financial sense. The Conservatives in government have prioritised this and if elected I will also ensure that I work hard to keep this at the top of the agenda to benefit families around Wiltshire.

I am passionate about the need to reduce the cost of childcare and raise the status and quality of childcare providers. Both of which the Conservatives have done. We are making childcare more affordable so pressure is taken off household budgets. Parents of all 3 and 4-year olds can access free childcare, increased from 12.5 hours a week to 15 hours a week; worth £2,400 to each family.

We have extended the offer of 15 hours a week early education to 2-year-olds from low-income families. This will benefit 260,000 2-year-olds.

To help more families move off of benefits and into employment, we have increased the rate of childcare support in Universal Credit from 70% to 85%, covering the bulk of childcare costs for 500,000 households, so they can get more out of the money they earn, making sure work pays.

More help is needed and the Conservatives will help working families by giving basic rate tax relief on childcare of up to £2,000 per year for each child. This will provide 1.9 million working families with 20% of their childcare costs and builds on the £5 billion per year the Conservative led government already spends on early education and childcare.

We will improve early years qualifications so that parents can have confidence in the people who are teaching our youngest children.

If you you have any comments about childcare or concerns email me on michelle.donelan.mp@parliament.uk